When a divorce happens, it affects more than just the two people ending the marriage. It has lasting effects on children and extended family. This is especially true for grandparents, who often lose out when their children get a divorce. While Arkansas does have laws pertaining to grandparents’ rights, the state is very much on the side of the parents, so it is better for you to be proactive about staying connected to your grandchildren and work with their parents.
According to Very Well Family, grandparents should try to maintain a good relationship with the parents of their grandchildren, especially the parent who has custody. You should also strive to be involved. Whether this means simply calling often or using technology to chat with the children. You may also attend school functions and activities. Even sending cards or letters in the mail can help.
While you may see the children less often, you should not push the parents about visitation. You do not want to upset them. Take the time you have with the children to heart and make the most of it. If you are close enough with the parents, talk about how you feel and see if you can arrange some regular visits.
Keeping the lines of communication open is the best way to stay close to your grandchildren after a divorce. Communicate with the kids and the parents. Show them you want to stay involved. This information is for education and is not intended to be legal advice.